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Haiti earthquake aid project at Community United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church.

UMCOR’s promise is that every dollar you give goes directly to the program you designate.

How can UMCOR give 100 percent? Local United Methodist churches around the globe pay the administrative costs, so the amount you donate pays only for the program costs.

The earthquake in Haiti has been devastating. We hear about it and see pictures daily in the news. What can the community of Pagosa Springs do? How can you help the survivors in Haiti?

The response: Health kits are urgently needed. Material resources at both of UMCOR’s relief supply depots are in short supply due to the overwhelming response to the Haiti earthquake.

The Community United Methodist Church in Pagosa Springs is sending relief health kits to Haiti. Health kits provide basic necessities to Haitians who have been forced to leave their homes because of the earthquake. The Health Kits are also used as learning tools in personal hygiene, literacy, nutrition and cooking classes.

You can help by donating toward the purchase of supplies with a check made out to CUMC or by purchasing supplies (one or more of the items listed below) for the health kits, or by assembling a health kit yourself.

Please bring your monetary donations and/or items for the health kits to the Community United Methodist Church office, located at 434 Lewis Street, by 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15.

If you decide to assemble a health kit, please follow the instructions below to create a kit and include $1 per kit for toothpaste and $1 per kit for shipping.

Health kit items

Place these items inside a sealed one-gallon plastic bag.

• One hand towel (15x 25 up to 17x 27 — no kitchen towels).

• One washcloth.

• One comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized).

•One nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers).

• One bath-size bar of soap (3 ounces and up).

• One toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper — no child-size brushes).

• 6 adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages.

• $1, to purchase toothpaste.

(Note: UMCOR Sager Brown is now purchasing toothpaste in bulk to be added to health kits before shipping to ensure that the product does not expire before they are sent.)

Kit assembly

• All items included in kits must be new items.

• All emergency kits are carefully planned to make them usable in the greatest number of situations. Since strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is important that kits contain only the requested items — nothing more.

• Do not include any personal notes, money or additional materials in the kits. These things must be painstakingly removed and will delay the shipment.

UMCOR works in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States, responding to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own.

Local partners collaborate with UMCOR to help rebuild survivors’ livelihoods, health and homes. UMCOR actively mobilizes emergency supplies, fresh water, and temporary shelter to stricken areas. When many “helping” organizations leave, UMCOR stays on, as long as it takes, implementing long-term recovery. UMCOR workers are known all over the globe for their compassion, leadership, expertise and guidance in recovery efforts.

For more information on the Haiti relief effort, go to http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/work/emergencies/ongoing/haitiearthquake/. This is a dedicated UMCOR Web page providing the latest news and information on UMCOR’s relief efforts in Haiti.

If you have questions about the health kits or want to find out about where UMCOR is helping throughout the globe, contact Karen Davison, mission coordinator for CUMC, at 264-0924, or the CUMC church office at 264-5508.